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Avian flu outbreak highlight poultry plight

The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices.

More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

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